Extract from the diary of Maj P K Glazebrook, Cheshire Yeomanry, Egypt Expeditionary Force
I had to take my own company & then No 3 company on the range, for a morning’s shooting. Eason & 70 of our men went out to dig at 2 PM. A company commander 5’ pow-wow at 3 PM, so no afternoon rest possible before night work. I had 150 men to take out to the trenches at Windy Post, where we were bombing up the front of the parapets with sand. The Turks saw us in the moonlight & turned on a machine-gun, very straight too. We lay in the holes from which we had been digging out sand, & when we ran in twos & threes back to the trenches, fired. Some men left their rifles out in front, & did not like fetching them, so I insulted them by going out and collecting the rifles & a few spades & handing them politely & silently into the trench. One RE wounded.